May 10, 2009

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Making things; Vogue 8020

I’ve been writing a lot about sewing lately, which might surprise you if you came to this blog for tips on Emacs or Drupal. =) It’s the way my life works–I focus on things, but the set of things I focus on evolves over time. I still have lots to write about Drupal, social networking, and virtual assistance, but I have to confess I haven’t been tweaking my .emacs lately! =)

Anyway, sewing. I enjoy picking fabrics and imagining what to do with them, and then convincing the fabric to look like a reasonable facsimile of my intended result. For example, I picked up 5 meters of the adorable blue fabric below (100% cotton; the white flowers are glittery), and I’ve been making a dress following Vogue’s V8020 pattern (also pictured below). I’ve made it with a V neckline instead of a rounded neckline (yay options!), and the only things I need to do to make it wearable are to sew in the zipper and fix the hems.

And then I’ll have a pretty dress to wear at my get-together this Saturday. =) Sure, the seams are a little crooked and puffy, but I made the dress, and I’ll just get better and better with each thing I make.

The fabric’s also available in pink, but I thought that might be too jeune fille. I sound five years old, and I don’t need to look it. Blue takes a bit of that edge off, and the simple, non-frilly lines of the pattern further modify the effect of the print.

New this time: diligently marking all seamlines, making a princess-seamed top whose fit I actually like, making the first dress I like. This will be my first time to use ribbons, too!

Weekly review: Week ending May 10, 2009

From last week’s plans:

  • Work: Merge development changes into release-4
  • Work: Build event calendar system
  • Work: Get feedback on presenter guide
  • Work: Attend speed mentoring event in SecondLife
  • Work: Mentor more people on Drupal
  • Garden: Encourage plants to survive Brussels sprouts and cauliflower plants look like they’ve gotten eaten by local wildlife. Catnip was completely dug up; rescued tattered remains and put them into a pot, and they seem to be okay. Basil’s thriving. Yay!
  • Piano: Learn Pachelbel’s Canon, Memory Played these for my mom on Mother’s day. yay!
  • Sewing: Pin-fit blouse pattern, start making muslin; make spring skirts Ignored this in favour of pretty Vogue 8020 dress with princess seams because I bought a few yards of cheerful and slightly glittery butterfly fabric =)
  • Blog: Write monthly report Heh, still not done


  • Baked apple-walnut muffins, mmm
  • Had a great chat with my mom about encouraging happiness at work =)
  • Coached people on LinkedIn and other tools/ideas
  • Had lunch with a number of my mentors
  • Attended Science Rendezvous
  • Biked a bit!
  • Got a bike rack installed
  • Delegated organizing get-togethers, for now
  • Filled out my GoodReads profile
  • Learned a lot about JQuery and Drupal =D
  • Learned a lot about getting Date+Calendar to do what I want (also Drupal)
  • Received acceptance notice for IBM Early Career Conference, yay!

Next week:

  • Work: Finish AJAX behaviour for event calendar
  • Work: Build new Drupal access model for our partners
  • Presentations: Prepare for upcoming presentations
  • Sewing: Finish dress
  • Blog: Write that monthly report
  • Life: Host a get-together